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Why are there no NBA playoff games today, Saturday May 13?

The playoff series takes a breather on Saturday with activity returning on Sunday with the Celtics and the 76ers at TD Garden.

The playoff series takes a breather on Saturday with activity returning on Sunday with the Celtics and the 76ers at TD Garden.

After 11 straight days of action, the NBA takes a break in activity on Saturday - no games have programmed for 13 May but play resumes tomorrow when the 76ers visit TD Garden to conclude their semi-final with the Boston Celtic with the series tied at 3-3. It is the only semi-final yet to be decided.

Three teams have booked their place in the finals - the Lakers (No.7 seed) will face the Nuggets (No.1 seed) in the Western Conference final with Game 1 tipping off on Tuesday. The Heat (No.8 seed) are through to the Eastern Conference final after beating the Knicks 4-2. Miami will be up against the winners of tomorrow’s game in Boston.

In general, all of the semi-finals have been evenly-fought - the evidence of that being that all of the series were taken to a sixth game, and one going to seven, which has meant that there has been at least one game every day.

It is just pure chance that there is a break in the action on Saturday 13 May. It is simply down to how the playoffs were scheduled - any semi-final that required a seventh game would be played on either Sunday 14 May or Monday 15 May.

The NBA finals, another best-of-seven series, get underway with Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday 16 May with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference to played on Wednesday 17 May. All games tip off at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. PDT.

NBA 2023 finals schedule

Eastern Conference

Celtics or 76ers vs Miami Heat

  • Game 1: Heat vs. Celtics/76ers - Wednesday 17 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 2: Heat vs. Celtics/76ers - Friday 19 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 3: Celtics/76ers vs. Heat - Sunday 21 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 4: Celtics/76ers vs. Heat - Tuesday 23 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 5: Heat vs. Celtics/76ers - Thursday 25 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 6: Celtics/76ers vs. Heat - Saturday 27 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 7: Heat vs. Celtics/76ers - Monday 29 May (8:30 EDT)
  • * if necessary

Western Conference

Denver Nuggets vs Lakers

  • Game 1: Lakers vs. Nuggets - Tuesday 16 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 2: Lakers vs. Nuggets - Thursday 18 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 3: Nuggets vs. Lakers - Saturday 20 May (8:30 EDT)
  • Game 4: Nuggets vs. Lakers - Monday 22 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 5: Lakers vs. Nuggets - Wednesday 24 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 6: Nuggets vs. Lakers - Friday 26 May (8:30 EDT)
  • *Game 7: Lakers vs. Nuggets - Sunday 28 May (8:30 EDT)
  • * if necessary